The Exotic Shorthair is the slightly longer-haired version of the Persian. It’s accompanied by some health issues like respiratory, dental, and eye problems during its life span.
Nevertheless, It’s an adorable, endearing, calm cat and slightly more lively than the Persian. It adores Its master and enjoys both lazing around and playing. It enjoys everyone: children, adults, congeners, and other animals.
History of the breed
The origin of the Exotic Shorthair is partly due to the presence of Persian in its genes. In the middle of the 20th century, the Domestic Shorthair struggled to find a place. It looks like the European Shorthair, but also the British Shorthair. As a result, it does not really assert itself and, to define it, the breeders decide to cross them with Persians.
Objective: to round their body a little. The majority of cats born came out looking like American Shorthairs. The more typical ones were put aside and, with a drastic selection, the breeders were able to determine and create the breed of the Exotic Shorthair, which is in a way a Persian with a little longer hair.
- Its body: The Exotic Shorthair has a body qualified as massive and cobby, by the LOOF standard. In addition, It has rounded shoulders and hips, as is Its rib cage, while Its back is relatively straight. It has a large chest. From a general point of view, it is a muscular cat, which does not show any obesity. Moreover, its legs are short and strong.
- Its coat: The Exotic Shorthair has a coat described as mid-short to mid-length. It’s slightly longer than other shorthair cats. Its coat is dense and soft. The undercoat is quite thick, which forces its coat to stand on end.
- Its color: The standard of the Exotic Shorthair has no a priori because it recognizes all the colors. So there is no intolerance. All divisions are also recognized: point, tripped, smoke, tabby, and particolored.
- Its head: The Exotic Shorthair has a round and fairly massive head. The skull, large, forms a dome. He has strong, broad cheeks as well as full cheekbones. Its nose is wide and has fairly open nostrils. The stop is well marked. It is placed between the eyes. The muzzle is round, broad, and full.
- Its eyes: They are large and have the appearance of a circle. They give this cat a gentle expression. The color, intense, is in adequacy with that of the dress.
- Its ears: The ears of the Exotic Shorthair are almost round and not very open at the base. Note a fairly thick hair in the ears.
- Its tail: It is quite small in size, short, but quite thick at the base. It ends in a rounded shape.
Behavior With Others
The Exotic Shorthair takes up most of the characteristics of the Persian. With one detail: It’s slightly more active, more lively, and therefore more playful than Its distant cousin. The Exotic keeps Its calm, Its composure, and especially Its great forbearance. It allows It to be happy when It’s surrounded by children.
This patience makes them a pleasant cat, very little meows, and affectionate. It appreciates the presence of Its master by Its side. The Exotic likes comfort and tranquility. It can also behave like a dog, who follows its owner everywhere. It’s never aggressive and likes the presence of congeners like other animals.
The Exotic Shorthair is above all an apartment cat. However, It needs to be exercised, otherwise, It will gain weight, possibly becoming obese. It should therefore not spend all of Its days slumped. Its a cat who enjoys playing indoors.
It will be interesting to stimulate It with games. Accessories for fulfillment and well-being are essential. In addition, It does not fear loneliness and can therefore remain alone in Its home without being afraid or stressed.
Health & Maintenance
The Exotic knows some genetic diseases, which It inherits from the Persian. Because of Its crushed face, It may be the victim of deformation of the jaw. It may also have breathing problems, feeding difficulties, or simply dental pathologies.
This feline also has the ability to have often wet eyes. They should be cleaned to prevent eye disease, of which there are many. Finally, it is important to vaccinate it, like all cats, against classic pathologies: rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza.
Hypoallergenic Breed: No
The life expectancy of an Exotic is between 12 and 15 years
The Exotic Shorthair does not require complicated maintenance. However, it is essential to brush it regularly to meet the requirements of its short coat, but with a significant undercoat. In terms of pure maintenance, it must also be activated daily so that it avoids getting fat.
A minimum weekly brushing is required so that its hair retains its vigor and beauty. In addition, because of Its predisposition to eye diseases, it is necessary to clean Its eyes regularly, using a lotion that is special for cats. Its master must be gentle and delicate.
The Exotic Shorthair has a predisposition to obesity. Its diet should be closely monitored. It is advisable to give It around 80 to 160 grams of high-quality kibble per day. Of course, this varies depending on Its physical activity. It must be exercised daily to avoid being overweight, which would lead to other more serious pathologies.